15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin,which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:15-18
Being under the grace of God does not give us a license to sin. Paul wrote these words by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit who spoke to Paul and guided him as he wrote the letter of Romans. The Holy Spirit knew how Satan would try to twist and distort the grace of God. The grace of God is applied to our lives when we come to faith in Jesus Christ. But it doesn’t give us a license to live any way we desire. Understanding the grace of God and all that Jesus did for us should actually drive us to a place of deeper obedience.
The apostle Paul writes of being a slave to sin. Before we come to Christ we are enslaved to the sinful nature because we are born into sin. Sinning is natural and enjoyable for us because before we come to Christ we are separated from God. But when we come to Christ we are once again made alive to God. We are in relationship with Him and when we sin it is the Holy Spirit who convicts our hearts.
We are called to be slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness. Walking in obedience only results as we walk daily with the Lord and abide in Him. It is impossible for us to change or transform ourselves on our own. But through the power of the Holy Spirit we are transformed into the image and character of Christ.
But thanks to the Lord we are no longer slaves to sin. We have been set free by Jesus through the cross. The Lord has given us His word to be followed and walked in obedience too. God’s word is not merely a suggestion, it is a command. For when we come to Christ He is not only Savior, He is Lord. Our lives no longer belong to us. They belong to God are to be used for His plans and His purpose. This is contrary to the world and its system because those of the world simply believe they live to only please their selfish desires. Those of the world’s system are blinded by the lies and deceptions of Satan.
We are free in Christ and adopted into God’s family. We are slaves of righteousness being transformed daily into the image of Christ. We are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and as we draw near each day it is the Lord who changes our lives. He is preparing us for His glory and He is preparing us to rule and reign with Him. May we set aside all things that hinder our relationship with Him and simply seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.